11 days in Lapland, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Lapland, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 1 night
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Akaslompolo
— 1 day
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and finally stop by Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

Before you visit Rovaniemi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 16°F and lows about 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then get engrossed in the history at Samiland.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect little chillier with lows of -1°F in Levi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Akaslompolo

— 1 day
On the 7th (Mon), stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Akaslompolo trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 14°F, and evening lows to -2°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then don't miss a visit to Louhisaari Manor, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Brinkhall Manor, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Turku using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Akaslompolo to Turku takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Akaslompolo in January, with highs in Turku at 27°F and lows at 17°F. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Taiga Colors and then steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online itinerary planner.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°F, and evening lows to 17°F. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.